Ilesha Johnson, 1 Injured in Possible DWI Accident in Gregg County, TX
Gregg County, TX -- April 17, 2022, Ilesha Johnson and another person were injured due to an accident where a possibly intoxicated driver crashed.
According to reports from authorities, the crash took place at around 2:19 a.m. along Highway 31 in the area of County Road 245.
Investigators said that Ilesha Johnson was in a Chevy Impala traveling eastbound along Highway 31. Johnson reportedly slowed to make a turn when a pickup rear-ended the car.
Due to the crash, Johnson reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Another woman in the car reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. The pickup driver was allegedly driving while intoxicated at the time. This and other details remain under investigation.
Commentary on Ilesha Johnson Possible DWI Accident in Gregg County
It's always concerning whenever authorities bring up intoxication as a possible factor. If that happened here, though, it unfortunately wouldn't be too surprising. It's all too common just after 2:00 a.m., primarily because that's when people are leaving bars. That raises the question, then, of whether or not a local bar contributed to this crash? If so, that business could be liable for their role in the victim's injuries.
Authorities rarely discuss this, but Texas has something called dram shop law which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and even gas stations have expectations to live up to. If they break the rules, people get seriously hurt. That's why allowing them to be held accountable through dram shop can both be a source of significant help for victims and families and a vital tool for holding a negligent business accountable for their actions.
Whether or not anything like that happened here isn't for me to say without clear evidence. That's why it's important there are thorough investigations into crashes like this to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.